If you are passionate about sharks, and are looking for an internship to support your studies, then Sharklab-Malta may be able to help. We support internships on a 3, 6, 9 and 12 month basis, with you working alongside us on our latest projects and community engagement activities.
You won’t have to pay to become an intern with us, but you will need to self fund your travel and accomodation costs.
You can hear from some of our recent interns below.
If it sounds like your studies may fit well with us, and you would like more details then feel free to contact us.
WE ARE CURRENTLY FULL
Please note that, currently, we have the maximum number of interns that we can support. We are delighted with the interest we have had in people joining us.
The next available spaces we have are from June 2022. If you would like to be considered for an intern placement after that date please contact us from November 2021. Thanks
Federica Mongera - Marine Biology Student - Ancona, Italy
August 2021 – September 2021
In the future, I would like to work for ocean and marine wildlife protection because “Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the existence of the sea” as Sylvia Earle told us.
I was an intern at Sharklab, despite the Covid pandemic, and during this beautiful experience I did many interesting activities.
Snorkel survey to check the presence of rays along the Maltese coastal areas; dissection and identification are only some of the activities carried out during the internship to know more about shark and ray ecology.
Research is one of the main tasks of Sharklab, but awareness is also important too, because people can’t protect and take care of something they don’t know about. For this reason, I was focused on the “Skate/shark eggcase projects”, going with the Sharklab team to the fish market to collect landings data, to check the presence of rays or sharks and finally take egg-cases from oviparous sharks. We also asked fish-shops to save elasmobranch’s egg cases, especially, if they were from to rays or skates, so that we can take them, bringing them to the National Aquarium to hatch and finally release sharks or rays in few months.
This experience was very important to understand what a marine biologist can do to protect and preserve the marine environment.
Shall I repeat this experience again? Of course! It is very useful for anyone that wants to improve his/her skills in field practise activities, but mostly to learn more about sea and how to preserve marine wildlife.
Lena Collet - Agronomy engineering student in Dijon, France
March 2021 – August 2021
I am from Limoges, in France. I did a five-month internship at Sharklab-Malta. This internship allowed me to discover Maltese waters, to learn a lot about sharks and rays and to acquire new skills: snorkelling, scuba diving, species identification.
Despite the current covid situation, I was able to participate in several projects. I did many beautiful surveys full of surprises for the project Fly with Bull Rays.
I worked more specifically on the egg rescue project. We were going to make inventories of the elasmobranch species present at the market and look for eggs. We also visited a lot of fish shops which allowed us to discover the island and its inhabitants. As part of this project, we released six Small-spotted catsharks into the sea. This is one of my best memories of the course.
At Sharklab Malta, we always work as a team, and we met great people.
Sami Khalleff - agronomical science student, Dijon, France
March 2021 – August 2021
I’m from Marseille and I am a second-year student in an agronomical sciences engineering school in Dijon. In the future I would like to work in the preservation of the aquatic environment.
I was an intern during the covid period but that didn’t stop me from doing many things. Thanks to the Sharklab team, we did all the things we had to do on the internship.
As an intern in Sharklab it’s possible to participate in many activities and events like snorkel surveys to see skates and rays and do photo-identification, egg cases research, shark releases and dissections to learn more about elasmobranch anatomy.
I was focused on the project “Oviparous species rescue and releases program”. Going with the Sharklab team to the fish market to collect landings data and to recover egg-cases. We also went to many fish-shops to ask them to save the egg cases and especially skate egg cases when processing the skates and sharks.
My internship in Sharklab was my first professional experience in marine biology. I’ve learned so much and I’m sure that it’s an important step in my life.
Quentin Garemi - Agronomy Student, Avignony, France
March 2021 – August 2021
Hello, I’m Quentin, I live in France, in Avignon, and I’m an agronomy student in an engineering school.
In my internship, I did many snorkelling surveys, dissections, and talking to young children…
In Sharklab-Malta, I worked mainly with the “Fly With Bullrays” project. Indeed, my topic for my internship deals with the study of a population of rays and skates in the Maltese waters. So, with a lot of surveys, and some eggcase searches done on the beach and some visits to the wholesale fishmarket, I tried to determinate the differents species of rays and skates in Malta.
This internship in Sharklab-Malta, was an opportunity to develop my knowledge of the Mediterranean fauna and flora, and also about the autonomy of work.
My presence at Sharklab-Malta was a pleasure and I’m proud to have done my internship here, even if i arrived during the covid restrictions in Malta !
Daisy Drake-Lee - Cardiff University, BSc Marine Geography
September 2020 – July 2021
I am currently studying Marine Geography at Cardiff University. I became an intern at Sharklab-Malta during my placement year of University and loved every second. Being from the Midlands, I have never had the opportunity to regularly immerse myself in the marine environment, however this became my daily routine with Sharklab-Malta.
The internship provided me with a range of, once in a lifetime opportunities and experiences. I learnt to SCUBA dive, I learnt to recover egg cases from shark and skate species, I was able to educate the youth of Malta on elasmobranchs and I had the pleasure of swimming alongside Bull Rays, a beautiful species that are sadly critically endangered. However, the highlight of my internship had to be releasing five small-spotted catsharks back into the ocean on my 21st birthday!
I carried out my internship with Sharklab-Malta during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic which produced a range of challenges. Many activities had to be adapted to suit changing rules and regulations and in person education, a huge element of Sharklab’s work, had to be stopped. However, these challenges resulted in us coming up with new methods of communicating science which included producing videos and even a blog!
These opportunities provided me with a catalogue of valuable skills I will carry forward into my future career in marine science. I was also introduced to an amazing group of likeminded people I am sure to stay in contact with for the rest of my life.
India Stewart Evans-Marine Geography student-Cardiff Uni
September 2020 – July 2021
I am a BSc Marine Geography student studying at Cardiff University. I joined the Sharklab-Malta team for 10 months during the pandemic, and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Despite the adaptations we had to make, it was still a meaningful and educational experience being able to work alongside Sharklab’s wonderful team. As an intern, one of my main projects included snorkel surveying for the Fly With Bullrays programme. I had the opportunity to monitor, photograph and swim alongside this beautiful species, which are now sadly critically endangered.
Another important role I had was in assisting the Oviparous Recovery and Release programme, which involved working with local fishermen to recover viable eggs from various shark species in the fish market, before rearing those eggs and later releasing them back into their natural habitat. I was lucky enough to experience not one, but two shark releases, which was undoubtedly the highlight of my internship. Witnessing first-hand the results of conservation work undertaken at Sharklab-Malta was truly rewarding. Alongside these projects, we also promoted education and awareness in local schools and communities by teaching classes over Zoom, and eventually hosting exhibitions at the Malta National Aquarium – it was a welcome change being able to finally interact with members of the public again.
Among the many opportunities provided to me by interning with Sharklab-Malta was the chance to gain both my PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water diving skills. This allowed me to experience Malta’s beautifully diverse marine ecology with a fresh perspective, and I hope to use those skills moving forward in my aspirations to continue marine conservation work.
Morgane Duffy - Agronomy Student, Avignony, France
March 2021 – July 2021
I am currently in my 2nd year of an engineering school of agronomy. I would like to work in ecology in order to preserve the fauna and the flora. I have always been concerned about environmental protection, especially marine wildlife protection as the oceans are the most important things on our planet, in my opinion.
Thankfully, despite Covid-19, Sharklab Malta decided to accept me as an intern for 4 months. I learned a lot as I did so many things (even if there were some covid restrictions) :
- Snorkel survey to see rays and skates,
- Dive surveys
- Going to the fish market to recover eggcases, and list the species of elasmobranch found
- Eggcase research on the beaches
- Dissection (especially of a Guitar fish!)
- Raise awareness in schools about marine wildlife conservation by talking to school children
- Exhibitions in the National Aquarium
I was working more on the “Fly with Bull Rays” project and I was asked to make posters to present the project, the materials used, the protocols to follow (data analysis) etc but I was also asked to record all ray sightings on the Sharklab Malta data base and on Manta Matcher. (international database recording sightings of Manta rays, Whale sharks and Bull Rays)
Moreover, I had the chance to pass the PADI Advance Open Water Diver, which is an asset for work on marine biology.
I really enjoyed my time in Malta with the Sharklab team and all of the interns.
The pictures above give a great view of the girl and her marine life!!!!
Rhiannon Plant - Marine Geography student, Cardiff University, UK
Sep 2020 - July 2021
I’m studying for a degree in Marine Geography at Cardiff University.
I spent 10 months at Sharklab Malta as an intern. Despite completing the internship during a global pandemic which brought its challenges (and Brexit which added its own layer of problems), I was still able to take part in all of the research activities and work alongside some amazing and passionate people.
Public awareness events were unfortunately reduced due to Covid-19 but with help from other members of the Sharklab team, we managed to create many online resources such as videos and educational resources for children and present our work to school pupils via online video calls.
The work I have completed at Sharklab has been incredibly rewarding and educational, for example getting to study Bull rays (a species I had never heard of before) up-close in their natural habitat as part of the Fly with Bull Rays project. The fish market data collection was always a sad but inspiring and unique learning opportunity, studying species that I may have otherwise never been able to see.
Alongside the research activities, I was given the opportunity to enhance my scuba-diving skills, progressing from the PADI Open Water Diver to the PADI Rescue Diver level and I completed over 40 dives during my stay in Malta! This allowed me to take part in under-water litter cleans and shark releases.
It really was a pleasure working at Sharklab Malta and I will take this valuable experience with me as I continue my career in marine conservation.
Tom Brady - Marine Geography student, Cardiff, UK
Sep 2020 - Jun 2021
I currently study Marine Geography at Cardiff University.
I worked with Sharklab Malta for 9 months during BOTH the COVID-19 pandemic and BREXIT. This gave me a unique experience as both Sharklab and I had to adapt to government restrictions to continue researching and educating about Elasmobranchs. (This included being stuck in UK after Christmas break whilst permits and visas were sorted out going from UK into EU after Brexit and complications of the new Delta variant, which involved quarantining!)
During my time there I still managed to visit schools (virtually) to talk about Sharklab Malta and what they do as an NGO. This was an amazing experience and a learning curve for all involved.
The “Fly With Bull Rays” project managed to continue throughout my placement and gave me the opportunity to observe juvenile A. bovinus in the wild as well as many other ray and skate species. Before my internship I hadn’t seen a ray or skate in the wild so this was a magical experience from start to finish of my placement. “Fish Market Data Collection” and the “Oviparous Species Recovery and Release Programme” were other projects I was heavily involved with, this opened my eyes on the impacts of overfishing and how important these projects were to try and combat this.
Finally, I managed to become a PADI certified Advance Diver and take part in numerous dives around Malta. This was made affordable and possible by Sharklab. Diving is a skill I hope to continue and improve upon in the future.
I would like to thank everyone at Sharklab Malta for the experience and skills gained that I will carry into my future career and I hope to meet them again in the future!
Anaïs Martin - Masters in Marine Biology, Sorbonne, France
Jul 2020 - Aug 2020
Hi, I am Anaïs, I am currently in the second year of my Masters in Marine biology. My project is to study top predator behaviour.
I was supposed to come to Sharklab for five months but because of Covid-19 I only came for a month.
We did several tasks for Sharklab but our main focus was the project “Fly with Bull Rays”. We went in the field to take pictures of individual Bull rays and thanks to image j software we could identify individuals by the stripes on their backs. The stripes are unique and like fingerprints.
We also went to the fish market, where we measured and counted the sharks and rays that were brought in by the fishers. It was really sad to realize and see how much they are threatened.
We also did shark dissections; it allowed us to have a better understanding of shark anatomy.
We also prepared samples from the sharks in order to make specimens for presentations to the public.
We did many tasks in Sharklab, it was very nice to discover new tasks and be polyvalent.
I really liked this experience and was happy to share this passion with other people that share the same interest.
All the Sharklab team were very nice and we appreciated working together.
This is why this experience allowed me to get closer to my goal and to meet motivated people to save these amazing animals.
Elise Delcour – Marine Sciences Masters, Sorbonne, France
Jul 2020 - Aug 2020
I am planning to make the study and conservation of top predators my future research subject. Despite the COVID crisis, I wanted to continue to gain experience and knowledge in the field of sharks and rays population studies and this is what I found in my internship with the Sharklab!
Indeed, as a “Fly with Bull Rays” intern, I’ve been asked to prepare shark’s dissection, photo-identification, wholesale fish market inspection and public presentation.
It also made me discover the Bull ray (Aetomylaeus bovinus) species, which is unprotected in the Mediterranean sea, despite the fact that they are considered as critically endangered.
Furthermore, working with Sharklab gave me the chance to meet and laugh with some incredible people. Working with other ocean lovers is always so motivating.
This new experience has allowed me to move a little further on the path of studying large predators, and I hope to have the opportunity to be able to work together with Sharklab in the future!
Ella Zahra – I Was an Accidental Sharklab Intern
Jun 2020 - Sep 2020
Hi! I’m Ella, a third year undergraduate Marine Biology student studying in Scotland. After my second year at university was cut short unexpectedly by the pandemic, I had to move from Scotland to Malta for six months. I had no assignments or work set up for the summer and made a decision to contact Sharklab Malta to see if I could become an intern on short notice. I had been following their work for the last couple of years and thought it could be fun.
Because of other interns having to postpone or cancel their internships, I was given a place as a Sharklab intern and joined Will and Anona in the Fly With the Bull Rays project. I had never seen a bull ray before and going round the island to different bays really opened my eyes to the amazing underwater wildlife of the Maltese Islands. When the COVID cases calmed down in July, I got to meet the rest of the team and some new interns. Despite a reduced number of activities, the three other interns and I still had an amazing time and plenty to do.
With loads of help from Pam, Dave and Rachel, we got to dissect two Longnose Spurdogs (S. blainvilli) to add to the exhibition collection, have multiple visits to the wholesale fish market where we rescued four nursehound shark eggs from dead mothers, and went on Sharklab’s first surveys in Gozo. I had an unexpectedly amazing summer and learned so much from the members of Sharklab Malta. Joining their family was the best decision I made during the pandemic. I can’t wait to join the family again when I’m back in Malta!
Nouska Smith – Sparsholt University, UK
Jul 2020 - Aug 2020
Hello! I am Nouska Smith and I study marine ecology and conservation at Sparsholt University. Although covid-19 cut my internship short in Malta, I still gained a great amount of knowledge and new skills.
The main tasks I took part in included the ‘Fly with Bullrays project’, presentations, dissections and the rescuing of egg cases at the fish market. I enjoyed every aspect of my internship and every task was filled with new facts and information!
The dissections were my favourite part, seeing the anatomy and understanding the system as a whole gave me a greater insight and can be used for future educational reasons for the next generation.
Meeting other interns and members of Sharklab-Malta who are just as passionate as I am about the ocean drives me forward and motivates me to continue on the pathway of marine biology.
I cannot wait to go back to experience and learn more!
Will Redding – Nottingham Trent University, England
Feb 2020 - Jul 2020
Hi, I’m Will and I came to Malta in February of 2020 to complete an internship as part of my university course, wildlife conservation.
I chose Sharklab as I wanted to gain knowledge and experience that can only be obtained by spending time with the passionate people on the front line of conservation.
The whole team at Sharklab helped me immensely and I thoroughly enjoyed the range of activities I assisted with. Despite being in Malta through the first wave of COVID-19 I was still able to complete some work as me and another intern continued to survey the sandy areas around Malta’s coastline looking for Bullrays, contributing to the ongoing project ‘Fly with Bullrays”.
Each new experience taught me invaluable skills whilst making me proud to be helping to progress the research, public awareness and valuable conservation work that Sharklab-Malta conducts. Everyone I met during my time became a good friend and I look forward to seeing them again!
Anona Griffiths - Cardiff University, Wales
Feb 2020 - Jul 2020
My name is Nona and I am a Marine Geography student from Cardiff University. I came to Sharklab-Malta as part of my year in placement and I absolutely loved my time with such a passionate charity.
I was able to take part in international projects, surveying for the Fly with Bullrays project. I was able to attend fish markets and gather catch data, this gave me insight into the government procedures and the inner workings of fisheries. I also took part in egg case recovery, removing eggs from sharks, skates and rays, which have of been caught prior to laying them. This meant that as well as collecting data I got to be a part of conservation with a physical end result that could be seen immediately. I also gained valuable experience in dissecting elasmobranchs and understanding the adaptations they have gained to survive.
Prior to lockdown I was also able to gain lots of experience in education giving talks at schools and events at Malta National Aquarium.
My placement was initially planned to last for three months but due to COVID-19 I chose to remain in Malta and undergo lockdown there with another intern. We continued surveying for the FWBR’s project when and where it was safe to do so. I was eventually able to continue the rest of my work for Sharklab and my placement was extended to 5 months. I’m so grateful for these extra two months as I was able to expand on my scuba-diving, my knowledge of elasmobranchs and the number of surveys I was able to complete.
The experience I gained was incredible and gave me so much insight into a job and working life in conservation. Overall, I look forward to returning to Malta and working with Sharklab again in the future and I would recommend this experience to anyone looking to gain an understanding of working in conservation.
Rhianna Kemp – Bangor University, Wales
Sep 2019 - Apr 2020
Hey shark lovers, I’m Rhianna Kemp, a 4th year undergraduate at Bangor University. I am studying Marine Biology with Zoology and I have been with Sharklab-Malta since September as part of my international work experience year. I chose Sharklab-Malta as it matches my interests of marine research and conservation and my main role at this organisation is the ‘Fly with Bullrays project’. The aim of this project is to learn more about the enigmatic Bullray (Aetomylaeus bovinus), a species of stingray, and therefore my main task involves tracking these rays on an individual level. To do this I go snorkelling in sandy areas and take photos of the top of the Bullray, which has blue stripes, that acts as a ‘fingerprint’ to identify them. I then log the locations that each bullray is found and create a database for each individual with the overall aim to see if they migrate throughout the Mediterranean.
My time so far at Sharklab-Malta has been a joy and a pleasure. I look forward to the coming months of my internship and I hope to meet you at the Sharklab awareness days!
Ben Mason – Bangor University, Wales
Sep 2019 - Apr 2020
Hello everybody! My name is Ben Mason and I am an intern at Sharklab-Malta as part of my bachelor’s degree at Bangor University. I am studying marine biology and am obsessed with chondrichthyans, particularly the elasmobranchs, that led to me to Malta to complete the final year of my studies.
Through the myriad of different activities I am involved with at Sharklab-Malta (fish market surveys, egg case surveys, public events) I find myself most engrossed with the fly with bull rays project. This project involves identifying locations that support the bull ray (Aetomylaeus bovinus) and identifying them on an individual basis. This involves photographing their dorsal side that have blue stripes unique to each individual like a fingerprint. As these organisms are critically endangered and data deficient any information gathered regarding them assists in their research and conservation, so I increasingly find myself drawn to this project.
I look forward to the coming months and my remaining time at Sharklab-Malta and the possibilities and experiences that may present themselves while here.
Arjen MEESTER – Eco & Wildlife Student, Netherlands
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019
Hello everybody, I’m Arjen Meester and I live in the Netherlands. I study Eco & Wildlife. I enjoyed every single bit of my internship. Every day was different. You never get bored with Sharklab-Malta.
One day you raise awareness in the Malta National Aquarium. The other day you do a dissection with all different kinds of sea creatures.
Some days we went to the fish market, and it was always a surprise what you could find there. It’s sad to see the dead animals, but feels good that you can save the eggs. What I loved the most about my internship, was being in the water doing field work, and collecting data. We gained a lot of muscle during fieldwork, carrying all the stuff we needed. Especially while travelling in an over full public bus, smelling like fish bait.
The overall experience was excellent, it will never be forgotten. Always I will have a special place in my heart for the little rock in the Mediterranean. I feel proud to be a part of the Sharklab family!
Joachim MILLAN CANDELA – VetAgro Sup, France
Jun 2019 - Aug 2019
I am French and was studying in VetaAgro Sup in France.
My experience in Sharklab: Snorkelling surveys, awareness days at the Malta National Aquarium, dissections, shark releases … sure thing is, you never get bored with Sharklab!
My internship was a very valuable experience for me both on a professional and personal level. I loved partaking in every Sharklab activity especially the ones related to the “Fly With Bullrays” project. Along with three other interns, our team had to spot Bullrays while snorkelling and take a picture of their dorsal stripes, so we could analyze them and identify individuals. We were very autonomous and I learned so much from a professional standpoint. Working with people who are as enthusiastic as you are about marine biology was very stimulating and I really felt like I was part of the organization.
With Sharklab, it DOES feel like you’re making a difference!
Sarah Hewitt - Cardiff University, Wales
Jun 2018 - Mar 2019
I am currently in my final year at Cardiff University studying BSc Marine Geography and I was an intern for Sharklab-Malta as part of my university placement year. My journey with Sharklab-Malta was a whirlwind! During my nine month internship I met so many amazing people with a shared love for the ocean! I also learnt to scuba dive and found a love for sharks. I spent most of my time in the sea conducting snorkel surveys for the Fly with Bull Rays Project. If I wasn’t in the ocean I was behind a Sharklab-Malta stall helping to educate the public on elasmobranchs and hopefully change their perceptions of sharks. In 2020 I hope to graduate from Cardiff University, travel the world (including a trip back to Malta) and spread some shark love!
Abbie Jenkins - Cardiff University, Wales
Jun 2018 - Dec 2018
Hi, I’m Abbie Jenkins and I am a Marine Geography student from Cardiff University.
My 6-month internship with Sharklab–Malta is an experience I will never forget; I have memories I will cherish forever. Throughout my time I was involved in a wide range of day-to-day responsibilities with my main project working with “Fly with Bull rays”. Daily activities required snorkel surveys at different sites across Malta and helping with the data collection of migration patterns and Bull ray numbers by using photo identification methods.
One of my favourite activities over my time was helping and being a part of different educational events and workshops with my favourite being “Science in the City” located in Valetta and the Fish Fest located in Marsaxlokk. The workshops helped me gain knowledge and improve my communication skills that will help me in the future.
enjoyed being a part of educating local people and inspiring the next generation to do the same. One of my lasting memories with Sharklab was being able to be a part of a shark release in Qawra where seven tagged Nursehounds and seven Smallspotted catsharks were released into the ocean bringing Sharklabs total release number to over 300.
Laurie Sazerat - Clermont-Auvergne University, France
May 2018 - Jul 2018
Professional training: « DUT biological engineering option Environmental engineering »
In May to July 2018, I was an intern at Sharklab Malta and it was an incredible experience.
I experimented with a photo-ID method on a species of ray – Bull ray.
I discovered the beaches of Malta and the marine ecosystem.
My best memory was when I saw the first bull ray of the season at Golden Bay.
Through dives, educational activities and participation at fish market I learned and discovered many facets of marine ecology but also the passionate members of the association. Wonderful experience!
Pauline Lapostolle - Faculty of Science, Montpellier, France
Mar 2018 - Aug 2018
I hope that my study can help to optimise Sharklab-Malta surveys in the future, and help to improve the knowledge about the biology and ecology of these two threatened species.
Elle Bartleet – Cardiff University, Wales
Oct 2017 - Mar 2018
Shraveena Venkatesh - Ghent University, Belgium
Apr 2016 - Jun 2016
Hi, I’m Shraveena and I am a student at Ghent University (EMBC+ Programme)
During my internship, I assisted in fish market surveys of elasmobranch species. I got to see all kinds of interesting (and sometimes surprisingly large) rays, skates, sharks, bony fish and other marine animals. I also learnt how to check oviparous sharks and skates for eggcases and remove them for a rescue and release programme.
I helped dissect sharks and worked on getting parts of them, like their jaws, ready for displays. I had the opportunity to help use such displays to engage the public with the fascinating biology and physiology of elasmobranchs.
We also carried out eggcase hunts on beaches to help determine when and where the oviparous sharks of the Mediterranean breed. I also had plenty of opportunities to snorkel and look for bull rays for a photo-id catalogue.
I learnt a lot about elasmobranch biology and ecology.
The skills and experience I gained here helped me in my further education and with my master’s thesis. I also got to explore the beautiful Maltese islands, and snorkel through its bays where I saw my very first Common Stingray.
Right now I am working now on my PhD in Scotland, which is going well so far. I just completed a year and had a big scary review meeting. I assume it went well because I wasn’t thrown out of the university. I had some fieldwork off the Orkney Islands and got to do a little more travelling in Scotland. I am enjoying the Highlands of Scotland so far, despite the weather.
I’m even learning some Scottish Gaelic and learning about whisky as well. I’ll be going home to Bangalore over Christmas break for three weeks. I’ve already made a list of all the foods that I miss from home and that I want to eat when I’m there (most of them are very spicy). I am really looking forward to it.
I enjoyed every part of my internship. I had an incredible experience, thanks to Sharklab-Malta, especially Pam, Dave and Greg.
Mickey Saunders - Hadlow College, England
Mar 2016 - Apr 2016
I was with Sharklab-Malta for three weeks from March 2016 until April 2016. When I was being met in by Sharklab-Malta members at Malta International Airport they asked how they would recognise me. I told them it would be easy as I would be the only arrival with pink and blue hair! (and I was!!!)
I was studying at Hadlow College in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management and whilst on my placement in Malta, I carried out many tasks such as repainting the divers air tank strap on sharkfins, activity days at Malta National Aquarium and visiting the fish market. My favourite task was the dissection of a female Nursehound, fondly named Jemima. (The Nursehound (Scyliorhinus stellaris), also known as the Large-spotted dogfish, Greater spotted dogfish or Bull huss, is a species of catshark) We preserved the eggs, organs, skin and skull for educational purposes, it is still being used for this purpose.
I also truly enjoyed being a part of a shark release despite being unable to dive. It was a very special day in my life and a privilege to be part of.
The lasting memory from this experience is the knowledge that even short amounts of time can make a difference too many people, both in knowledge, support and education as a whole. I am truly grateful to have had this experience.
I’m currently working for a finance company in customer services but now I have passed my driving test I’m trying to get out of that into a more meaningful job. I am thinking of undertaking a teaching position so I can try to make a difference to people.
Aurélia Changeant - Agrocampus Ouest Engineering School, France
Jun 2014 - Aug 2014
Hello, I’m Aurélia, I have a masters degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences from the French engineering school of Agrocampus Ouest.
During my two month internship in Sharklab Malta I took part in all of the Sharklab day-to-day activities: awareness events, getting landings data from the Valetta fish market, preparing awareness kits …
I also wrote a synthesis about shark fisheries management in Malta, France and United Kingdom. I learnt a lot about sharks and Mediterranean marine life during my time in Sharklab and it was a great experience to share knowledge with Sharklab staff and also with the general public during awareness events.
The diversity of sharks and rays species in the Mediterranean is extraordinary. Elasmobranches play a key role in the marine ecosystems, but they are vulnerable to human activities. I was glad to help Sharklab in their actions and the work they co-operate with the Maltese aquarium, the fishmarket and many other Maltese and international organisations.
My photos really represent my internship.
Charlie Widehem - Engineering School student, France
Nov 2013 - Feb 2014
I am 27 years old and I’m from France. I am very grateful to Sharklab for accepting me as intern for three months in November 2013. I was studying marine biology and fishery in an engineering school.
I’ve always been a great fan of marine ecosystems and especially sharks. Not only the animal but everything that gravitates around them: from the biology to the societal aspect of our interactions. Greg, Pam, Dave and all the other extraordinary people who invest their time and effort in the NGO gave me the opportunity to fully dive into the Maltese shark world and fulfill my curiosity, whilst becoming my friends.
Since the end of my internship I have visited them several times and it is always such a pleasure to jump back in their daily activities – such as the well known and smelly fish market, biology and anatomy study through dissections, jaws cleaning, egg case searches, and one of the best parts, the numerous outdoor exhibitions.
Meeting people and sharing our passion was I think the best part of my internship.
After gaining my marine biology engineering diploma I worked for the ICCAT on Bluefin tuna conservation. Currently not working in marine biology in my new place as a data analyst. My plan is to move soon back into this field with my girlfriend. We are planning in go to oyster farming.
Kristina Edwards - University of Perpignan, France
Feb 2013 - Aug 2013
I was studying for a Masters degree in Biology at the University of Perpignan, France and wanted to specialise in Elasmobranchs. Sharklab-Malta offered me a great opportunity to study during my six months the Small-spotted catshark among other Mediterranean species.
Since leaving Malta I have worked at Sealife in Birmingham and I am now an aquarist at Loro Parque, Canary islands, so hopefully speaking fluent Spanish in few months and a very nice place to be.
It was a great experience that I will never forget, surrounded by passionate and knowledgeable people.
A huge Thank you to the team.